Developmental Adapted Physical Education 
(DAPE)


Ms. Joan Stock
Pre-K-12 Developmental Adapted Physical Education Teacher for 
the Cambridge-Isanti Schools.

What does DAPE really mean?

Developmental Adapted Physical Education or (DAPE); means specially designed physical education instruction and services for pupils with disabilities who have a substantial delay or disorder in physical development. Developmental Adapted Physical Education, involves specialized educational instruction for pupils age 3-21, which may include development of physical fitness, motor fitness, fundamental motor skills and patterns, skills in aquatics, dance, individual and group games, and sports.

Did you know that...

DAPE teachers are licensed K-12 Phyiscal Education Teachers; with an additional licensure in Pre-K-12 grade developmental adapted physical education. 

SHAPE America’s National Standards for Physical Education

The physically literate individual:

  • Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
  • Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
  • Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
  • Recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.